As reported, the decree is signed "in order to protect the civil rights and freedoms." It also refers to "the generally recognised principles and norms of international humanitarian law."

In addition to passports, birth certificates, academic credentials, marriage/divorce certificates, car licenses, and other IDs are considered valid as well.

Read alsoNGO: Russian journalists lead propaganda "master class" for colleagues from "LPR"/"DPR" Putin's decree stipulates that the "passports" of the "DPR/LPR" are supposedly recognised temporarily until the situation in Donbas is settled. The pseudo- documents also ensure the right to enter Russia.

"Citizens of Ukraine and stateless persons permanently residing in the territories of certain areas of Donetsk and Lugansk regions of Ukraine can enter/exit the Russian Federation without a visa on the basis of "ID documents" (minors under 16 – with "birth certificates") issued by the relevant "authorities" de-facto existing in these territories," the document said.

Earlier, the RBC media outlet found out that the owners of the "DPR/LPR" passports could also use services of Russian railway, airlines, and hotels.